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Tests, Afflictions, Calamities in Islam



[ May 27, 2016 ]
Life is filled with calamites, tests and trials and every believer will be subjected to many of these calamities, tests and trials. The reward is affirmed regarding every type of harm or hurt, tangible or intangible, if the believer patiently perseveres and anticipates the reward. Tests and trials are a means to removing sins (from the believers) and all the children of Adam commit sins.

On understanding that a certain test is a part of the decree of the Almighty Allah, one should submit his affair to Amighty Allah the most benef

Tests and trials may also raise one's degree enabling one to move on to a higher level in paradise The calamities, trials and tests are signs of love from Allah for the believers. They are comparable to a cure; although it may be bitter, you accept it because it is from the one whom you love, and to Allah belongs the best example. Certainly the affliction of tests and trials is better to the believer than the punishment of the hereafter. Certainly it is a cause for the elevation of one's rank and expiation for his sins, and therefore it is better. These preordainments are from the One who is All-Wise and they touch the believer in various ways and manners. If a believer does not have the correct understanding regarding the manner of dealing with trials and tribulations he may err seriously. This is especially true when facing difficult and burdensome calamities. Many people are ignorant of the wisdom behind facing trials and tests. They may not understand that Almighty Allah does not intend to punish us through tests, rather Almighty Allah creates an opportunity to earn his mercy. The believer should look at the matter of being put to tests and trials through the textual proofs from the holy Quran and the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), in order to stand firmly grounded regarding these matters. Every day we are tested in this life. Our wealth is a test, the spouse is a test, the children are the tests, poverty, wealth, and richness are the tests and health and illness are also the tests. We are tested in everything which we possess and encounter in this life and until we meet Allah the Most High. Allah says: "Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good. And to Us you will be returned." (Holy Quran --21:35). Certainly the affliction of tests and trials is better to the believer than the punishment of the hereafter. Certainly it is a cause for the elevation of one's rank and expiation for his sins, and therefore it is better.
The people of knowledge made it clear that this is in reference to the one who is a hypocrite. The Almighty Allah withholds the punishment from him in this life to give him his full account on the Day of Resurrection, and we seek refuge in Almighty Allah from such. Amongst us there is no one who possesses the ability to reject tests. The faithful, patient, persevering individuals, who anticipate their reward from Almighty Allah are the successful ones amongst the tested. Also from amongst us are those who are tested but they fail due to their weak faith and their objection to Almighty Allah; we seek refuge in Almighty Allah from such a state. On understanding that a certain test is a part of the decree of the Almighty Allah, one should submit his affair to Amighty Allah the most beneficent and the most merciful and know that whatever befalls him could not have missed him and whatever misses him could not have befallen him.